You don’t have to go to the office for the next few days! But you still have to work.
So after trying to keep yourself from distractions all over the internet and in your own home, you make it to the end of each day and log out of your online work platforms. But after waking up on the third morning and feeling “off,” you decide to work from home again so you don’t wear yourself out further on your commute, or when you get to the office.
The only question is … how do you do this without getting completely tired of it? Here’s how.
Do work in other places
Sometimes, you really have to switch it up. So instead of huddling in your room all day while knocking out your assignments, make an effort to work in different places.
First day: work in your room.
Second day: work at the dining room table.
Third day: work at the local public library.
Don’t eat the same lunch each day …
… unless you feel like you can’t live without it.
But if your lunch isn’t a real treat, it’ll probably get old super quickly. By that point, you’ll be trying to get out of a lunch rut. Eating the same thing for lunch while working from home or remotely will only compound any feelings of restlessness you’re having, so stock up on different types of foods you’ll enjoy eating on a rainy day.
Put barriers in place so you actually get work done
If you live with other people, you might need to lay some ground rules.
Try things like “the two-day rule” so that roommates let you know about possible plans they want you to be a part of two days in advance. Also, do things like scheduling two to four hours to just work alone so you can maximize productivity.
Even if you’re working remotely from a place other than your home, you’ll benefit from trying your best to prevent interruptions.
Get out of the house
Go for a walk around your area.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m cooped working in one place for too long, I get a pretty bad case of cabin fever. So if you’re anything like me, you’re better off doing yourself a favor and heading out into the great outdoors while on a break, or to the gym after you get your work done.
The more you move, the better you’ll feel.
Break things up — socialize with others
Working from home for an extended period of time can be boring, lonely and/or draining, so you should reconnect with friends you don’t get to see very often.
Even if you have a super busy schedule, it’s still possible to maintain friendships. For instance, you could use the time you’d usually spend commuting back home from work to go get dinner with someone you haven’t seen in a while, go to a wine tasting or catch a movie at a local theater.